Group ignoring lockdown to hold barbecue in Hawick is broken up by police

A gathering of people in Hawick’s Mansfield Road at the weekend had to be dispersed by police officers, who deemed the group were going against the government guidelines in place to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 9:54 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 10:04 am
Mansfield Road, Hawick.

The country is now in its fourth week of lockdown, during which people should only be going out for specific reasons and gathering of more than two people who don’t live in the same household are banned.

However, around a dozen people were caught on camera meeting for an outdoor barbecue in the Eastfield Road and Mansfield Road area of Hawick on Saturday night, and reported to police by concerned neighbours.

Police say they attended and handed out suitable advice to the revellers.

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A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police responded to a report of a group of people having a barbecue outside a block of flats on Mansfield Road, Hawick, at around 8.50pm on Saturday, April 11.

“Suitable advice was given to all and the group dispersed.”

The incident happened despite calls from authorities ahead of the Easter weekend for people to stay home:

The previous week the region’s streets remained deserted.